WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) on Thursday night voted with the Senate to approve the FY2018 Budget Resolution, which includes a mechanism for the Congress to consider the first major tax reform in decades.

“The passage of a budget resolution moves the FY2018 budget and appropriations process forward. I’m pleased this budget blueprint gives Congress an opportunity to pass comprehensive tax reform. Tax cuts will strengthen our economy by allowing working Americans to keep more of their money, and by easing hardships that the tax code puts on businesses,” Cochran said.

Cochran, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, continued to push for an overall budget agreement between the Trump administration and Congress in order to facilitate the completion of the FY2018 appropriations process. The Committee has approved all but four of the annual appropriations bills to date.

“To complete this work, a new budget agreement will be necessary so we can responsibly fund our national defense and other priorities. I will continue to work toward that end with my colleagues and with the administration,” Cochran said.

The FY2018 budget resolution passed on a 51-49 vote.